Star Trek: Discovery loses Bryan Fuller as showrunner

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Oct 26, 2016, 7:44 PM EDT

The new Star Trek series has just hit a serious bump in the road.

Bryan Fuller is stepping down as the showrunner on Star Trek: Discovery, according to The Wrap ... although it seems he will remain a part of the production, creatively. Executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts will take Fuller's place as the day-to-day producers on the program.

CBS, which is backing and distributing the show, said in a statement:

“We are extremely happy with the creative direction of Star Trek: Discovery and the strong foundation that Bryan Fuller has helped us create for the series. Due to Bryan’s other projects, he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day of Star Trek, but he remains an executive producer, and will continue to map out the story arc for the entire season. Alex Kurtzman, co-creator and executive producer, along with Fuller’s producing partners and longtime collaborators, Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts, will also continue to oversee the show with the existing writing and producing team. 

"Bryan is a brilliant creative talent and passionate Star Trek fan, who has helped us chart an exciting course for the series. We are all committed to seeing this vision through and look forward to premiering Star Trek: Discovery this coming May 2017.”

Star Trek: Discovery is due to start filming next month in Toronto. The pilot will premiere in May on CBS itself, with subsequent episodes premiering on the network's streaming platform CBS All Access.

But there is no doubt that, despite the bland statement issued by the network, there seems to be trouble in Trekworld. The show's premiere was already pushed back from January to May, and to date not a single cast member has been announced -- not a good sign for a series that is supposed to begin shooting a month from now. 

Fuller had apparently written two scripts for the new series, in addition to mapping out the entire story arc of the first season, but he's also working on the Starz adaptation of American Gods and a new version of Amazing Stories, so he might have been stretching himself too thin.

I suspect we'll be hearing more about this in the weeks to come. How do you think Fuller's exit will affect Star Trek: Discovery?